From Crisis to World Champions: Lessons from German Football
For the Deutscher Fussball-Bund e.V. (DFB)-the German Football Association-winning the most prestigious football trophy, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, was the culmination of a long period of suffering, reinventing, and rebuilding. Once the dominating force in world football, the German team had been at rock bottom around the beginning of the millennium. To manage its way out of this crisis and leave competitors behind once again, the DFB had to fundamentally reinvent itself. The turnaround required radical changes that would take a long time to pay off and involved substantial risks. How did the DFB reinvent itself to overcome the crisis and regain competitive strength, culminating in triumph at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil? How could DFB's managerial options be applied to the corporate world and provide lessons on successfully managing a crisis? What could DFB's management do to remain at the top of international football? The authors Holger Ernst, Peter M. Bican, and Carsten C. Guderian are affiliated with WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management.